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Tuesday, 21 June 1949


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - . The honorable member has a full knowledge of the Standing Orders. He knows that he is not permitted to stand with a newspaper in his hand and read from it while purporting to ask a question. The honorable member must .frame his own question; otherwise it will be disallowed.


Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - I have not read anything from a newspaper.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order !


Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Has the attention of the Minister been drawn to the text of a broadcast made from Moscow radio on Saturday night last in which it was alleged that some 20,000 displaced persons had been brought to Australia and did not know they were being brought here to prisons; that such persons were being used as white slaves ; and that the Australian Commonwealth was concentrating on the importation of children from Europe because child labour can be more easily exploited? Does the Minister propose to ignore the broadcast, or does he propose to get his colleague, the Minister for External Affairs, to make suitable diplomatic representations to Moscow and assure Moscow that the only slaves in this country are those who subscribe to the Communist philosophy?







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